Olympic Basketball Player Shares his Experience with Students

London 2012 Olympian Andrew Lawrence visited Trident Academy, a K5-12 school for students with language-based learning differences, with a message – you can do what you set your mind to no matter what.


Lawrence is the youngest member of the 2012 Great Britain Olympic basketball team and a senior basketball player at the College of Charleston.


“Andrew talked with the students about his Olympic experience and how he got there,” says Rhonda McKenna, a sixth grade teacher at Trident Academy. “He explained how he made a goal for himself to make the team and created a plan to achieve that goal. He stressed the importance of school and encouraged our students to do what you set your mind to no matter what. He even shared with our kids that he struggled in school and is dyslexic.”


McKenna’s class began the year with a unit on the Olympics, comparing the ancient Olympics to current day Olympics, which led into the study of Ancient Greece. Another focus for McKenna’s class this year was in setting goals and developing (and sticking to!) a plan to achieve those goals.


Andrew Lawrence is from London, England and is the son of Renaldo Lawrence, who was drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the eighth round of the 1979 NBA Draft. He was the lone collegian and youngest player on the UK squad which also included current and former NBA players in Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. He scored a team-high 19 points in an exhibition overtime loss to Nigeria and was one of only two current collegians selected to an Olympic team among the 12 countries who qualified for the Games. Read more about Andrew Lawrence.


Watch a video of Lawrence talking about being selected for the GB Olympic team.

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